South Australia as an Attractive Place to Live, Work and Study

South Australia is one of the eight states of Australia and it’s located in the south. It has four seasons; summer (Dec-Feb) that’s warm & sunny for enjoying lazy days, spring and autumn that are mild for discovering nature, while winter (Jun-Aug) is not too cold.  In summer, it doesn’t get dark until around 8 pm in Adelaide.


There are many attractions in SA. The Eyre Peninsula, Fleurieu Peninsula, Murrayland, Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsula have magnificent beaches with various water sports activities; accessible in 20 minutes by the efficient public transport of Adelaide. What’s worth visiting will be the historic towns with shipwrecks in Fleurieu Peninsula, the mountain ranges and mysterious deserts of Flinders Range, Kangaroo Island with marine life and wildlife, the caves of Limestone Coast such as the Naracoorte Caves, Murraylands’ riverside pub and houseboats for a splendid holiday.


The 12 regions of SA with its main attractions are:-


1.      Adelaide – capital of arts & cuisine, sport & shopping, beach e.g. Glenelg with dolphin cruises, The Cedars which was home of the legendary painter Sir Hans Heysen


2.      Adelaide Hills –serene landscapes & farmsland


3.      Barossa – renowned as the wine capital of Australia


4.      Clare Valley – countryside where traditions remain


5.      Eyre Peninsula – 2,000 kilometers of coastline with national parks, ancient caves and the famous Nullarbor


6.      Fleurieu Peninsula – beach with activities such as diving, snorkeling, surfing and trailing, as well as historic towns with shipwrecks


7.      Flinders Ranges – vast mountain ranges and mysterious deserts


8.      Kangaroo Island – beaches, marine life, wildlife, vineyards & farms


9.      Limestone Coast – magnificent coastline, national parks, caves e.g. Naracoorte Caves


10. Murraylands – water sports, riverside pub and houseboats along Murray River


11. Riverland – abundant citrus fruit harvests, the world class wines & the majestic Murray River


12. Yorke Peninsula – the splendid place for holiday with beaches & national parks


Adelaide, is the capital city of SA and was named after Queen Adelaide, wife of King William IV. This city was designed by Colonel William Light in 1837 with a central business district (CBD) surrounded by open parklands. Adelaide has been declared as one of the world’s most livable cities, offering diverse job opportunities and unparalleled business advantages. It’s one of the world’s least expensive cities with cost of living and price of homes that is much less than of cities like Melbourne and Sydney. Adelaide is also not a crowded city thus has abundant space for living.


Adelaide is a 20 minute city where one can leave for work later and arrive home earlier. Public transport is well-organized and managed efficiently to provide accessibility to various suburbs and regions all over South Australia as well as other states of Australia.  Car hires and other tour facilities are available all over for business traveling and holiday purposes. There are free transports such as the tram between North Terrace and South Terrace or the 99C Bus, and the Adelaide Connector Free Bus Service that connects the major facilities (universities, schools and shopping areas) within North Adelaide and Adelaide city centre. Other public transport available is the Tindo (the world’s first solar powered electric bus to complement the Adelaide Connector Free Bus Service. AdelaideMetro is the alternative public transport that connects the greater metropolitan region with trains, buses and trams for a fee. Adelaide’s International Airport, located only 5 km from the city centre, and is the newest and most efficient airport in Australia.


There is a wide range of venues and attractions in Adelaide, such as historical and cultural venues (SA Museum in North Terrace, Australian Aboriginal Cultural Gallery and Adelaide Festival Centre); recreational and national park (Botanic Gardens, Adelaide Zoo, Belair National Park) and various sports clubs. Late night shopping in large shopping mall’s like the Rundle Mall (with 800 over stores) and movies theatres, pubs and entertainment complexes are the hotspots of Adelaide. Other major shopping malls are Burnside Village (on the east); Westfield, Marion and West Lakes (on the west); Tea Tree Plaza and Modbury (on the north); and Colonnades and Noarlunga (on the south). The Marion Megaplex is the largest cinema complex in the Southern Hemisphere. 


Other activities include beach activities at the famous Glenelg with dolphin cruises and Hel-A-Va Jet Boats at Marine Pier. It would an exciting experience to cuddle a Koala or feed a kangaroo at the award-winning Cleland Wildlife Park, having 130 species of Australian wildlife. Other wildlife activities include Rodney Fox Shark Experience at Moseley Square. SA has more than 400 festivals a year, therefore it is known as the Festival State. Festivals that would interest me and my partner are the biennial Adelaide Festival, Feast Festival, Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts, Bay to Birdwood Run and Classic Adelaide Rally.


The food of SA is of world-class standards and there are various Central Markets to enjoy some of the best gourmet food. Rundle Mall offers a variety of foods and cuisine with Italian-style cafes, Asian food as well as seafood. The Adelaide Central Market is located in the middle of the CBD and it has existed since 1869. Wine industry is widespread in South Australia and vineyards are located mainly in Barossa and Riverland. Food industry research and quality control ensures a huge market for the produce of Australia worldwide.


SA has world-class education system for various industries mainly automotive, bioscience, defense, resources, electronics, healthcare, information technology and wine. There are many research organizations such as the Commonwealth Scientific Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management (ICEWaRM) and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) that provide career opportunities for those keen in research and monitoring activities. In terms of healthcare facilities, there are 9 metropolitan and 25 private hospitals in SA providing world-leading clinical and research skills


There are many professional clubs and societies, such as Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, to help expand networking in certain areas of interest, as well as building professional relationships and understanding the Aussie way of life. However for a better networking with the community of SA, it is good to join the social clubs.


Hence, South Australia could be home for a rewarding career, a safe and healthy environment and quality lifestyle.

References on useful websites :

1) – a website on tons of information on the culture, attractions, activities, travel, holiday and much more in South Australia

2) – information on public transport in Adelaide and surrounding areas (with routes and schedule information etc)

3) – website on migration to South Australia


Gurminder Kaur


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